CALLS AND ECHOESAmerican Sonatas for Trumpet and Piano
Stanley Friedman, Kent Kennan, James Stephenson, Robert Suderburg
ERIC BERLIN, trumpet
NADINE SHANK, piano
“[Eric Berlin’s] first album was excellent. This one is, too, and for the same reasons: solid and interesting program of modern works, beauty of tone, tasteful playing style, and impressive technical skills… I have valued performances that hold harshness at bay and bring out the work’s introspection. This is one of those—Berlin maintains warm tone… plays assertively at peak moments, and engages in meaningful dialog with his outstanding collaborator, pianist Nadine Shank.”
Kilpatrick, American Record Guide [November/December 2013]
PROGRAM NOTESEric Berlin has received high praise for a bold sound, developed technique, and subtler elements that round out the complete musician: tonal variety, ability to blend and expressiveness. Berlin has made the music of our time a focus of his career. As a soloist, he has commissioned, premiered and recorded new works for trumpet from some of today’s most exciting composers, including Robert Bradshaw, Michael Ellison, Eric Ewazen, Evan Hause, Salvatore Macchia, Stephen Paulus and James Stephenson. Berlin has been featured soloist with many ensembles, including
the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Hartford, Albany and Brooklyn Symphony Orchestras, Helsinki University Orchestra, United States Coast Guard Band, and wind ensembles of the University of Massachusetts and the University of Denver.
Principal Trumpet of the Albany Symphony Orchestra since 1998, Berlin can be heard on numerous
recordings that include works by Morton Gould, John Harbison, Roy Harris and William Schuman. In 2012, he premiered and recorded True Colors, a new concerto by Grawemeyer-award winning composer George Tsontakis, commissioned for him by the Albany Symphony. Berlin is also Principal
Trumpet of the Boston Philharmonic and a member of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, with
which he has made recordings by noted American composers including Derek Bermel, Lukas Foss,
Charles Fussell, Steven Mackey and Gunther Schuller. Since 2006, Berlin has spent summers
performing as Associate Principal Trumpet of the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder. In addition, he has performed with the Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony and Boston Pops.
Eric Berlin enjoys international regard as a trumpet pedagogue. He maintains a studio as Artist-
Teacher of Trumpet at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he hosted the 2007
International Trumpet Guild Conference. He has given master classes at the University of North Texas, Virginia Commonwealth University, Eastman School of Music and Yale University, as well as
at the Turku Conservatory and the Sibelius Academy.
A native of Pennsylvania’s Lancaster County, Eric Berlin attended the New England Conservatory
of Music studying under Charles Schlueter, former Principal Trumpet of the Boston Symphony and
Robert Nagel of the New York Brass Quintet. Berlin has also studied with Vince Penzerella of the
New York Philharmonic, Tom Rolfs of the Boston Symphony and with Frank Kadarabek, former
Principal Trumpet of The Philadelphia Orchestra. He is a member of the Board of Directors and a
lifetime member of the International Trumpet Guild. He is a Yamaha Performing Artist.
YAMAHA YTR9445CHS C trumpet
MONETTE C2 mouthpiece [Stephenson, Friedman, Kennan]
SCHILKE E3L Berylium Bell E-flat trumpet
MONETTE E2 Mouthpiece [Suderburg]
AMREIN straight mute [Stephenson, Kennan, Friedman]
TRUMCOR Lyric straight mute [Stephenson, Friedman]
DAVID HICKMAN Sotto Voce straight mute [Stephenson, Kennan, Friedman]
HUMES AND BERG Mellow-Wah mute [Friedman]
Pianist Nadine Shank made her concert debut at age 15, performing Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No.1 with the World Youth Orchestra of Interlochen as winner of their prestigious concerto competition. She was an award winner in the MTNA, Mason and Hamlin, and National Federation of Music Clubs competitions and was the recipient of the Van Cliburn Scholarship to Interlochen. At the Oberlin Conservatory, she received the Rudolph Serkin Piano and Pi Kappa Lambda Piano Prizes, and at Indiana University she performed with the University Philharmonic as winner of their Concerto Competition. Her teachers have included Menahem Pressler, Sanford Margolis and John Wustman. Nadine Shank has performed at such venues as the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., Boston’s Jordan Hall and Tsang Performance Center, New York’s Weill Recital Hall, Symphony Space, Merkin Hall and 92nd Street Y, the Cleveland Orchestra’s Blossom Chamber Festival, and with Monadnack Music, Lighthouse Chamber Players, and Mohawk Trail Summer Music Festivals. She has appeared internationally in Festivals in The Netherlands, Germany, England, Poland, and the Virgin Islands. Ms. Shank performed in concert with the Lark String Quartet, and appeared as soloist with the Springfield Symphony, West Point Academy Military Band and with the UMass Orchestra. Ms. Shank’s performances have been recorded on the CRI, Gasparo, MSR, New World, Open Loop, Spectrum and YAL labels. She is Professor of Piano and Director of the Piano and Collaborative Piano Programs in the Department of Music and Dance at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is the Principal Orchestral Pianist of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra.
JAMES STEPHENSON (b.1969)